Why Oklahoma IDs are not compliant with federal laws

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has been given another three-month reprieve when it comes to the Real ID Act of 2005.

Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that are still not compliant with the federal law.

Under the law, Oklahoma licenses are just not secure enough.

Right now, it's a pretty simple process to get an ID or driver’s license in Oklahoma.

However, there's a lengthy list of requirements the state would have to meet under the Real ID Act.

One change would require residents to provide more documentation.

“You have to provide two kinds of ID, that would be like a birth certificate or a document like a bill that shows you live at a certain address,” Capt. Paul Timmons, with the Department of Public Safety, said.

Capt. Timmons says right now, no proof of address is required.

Changes would also come for the facilities that issue the IDs.

“Right now, all the tag agents are able to issue driver's licenses and one of the features requires that those facilities have to be secure. It means the access to the documents is controlled. They either have to be stored in a secure location with limited access for limited people and it has to be documented who has access and when they come and when they go,” says Capt. Timmons.

Then come the changes to the actual ID itself. The law require three levels of security.

“The first level is overt, which is what you can see with your eyes. The second level is covert, it takes a little more to be able to see it. The third is forensic level and you have to have special equipment to be able to see,” he said.

Currently, Oklahoma has level one and level two but the third level is not in place.

There are 39 requirements. All are in place in Oklahoma except for 14.

Any other changes are on hold.

“The state law has to be changed in order for us to become compliant with the law. That's just one step,” said Capt. Timmons.

He's talking about the law passed in 2007 that forbids participation in the Real ID Act. It cited the one-time $8,000,000 cost as too much.

At that time, there was grant money to help. However, after 10 years, that money is gone.

As for the grace period, officials say that will last three months. They're waiting on news about a longer extension.

Although there is a grace period, officials encourage people to call ahead if they are going to a federal facility, like a military base, just to make sure they are accepting Oklahoma IDs.

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